Mastering Blockchain - Second Edition

Learn about cryptography and cryptocurrencies, so you can build highly secure, decentralized applications and conduct trusted in-app transactions.
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Mastering Blockchain - Second Edition

Imran Bashir
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Book Details

ISBN 139781788839044
Paperback656 pages

Book Description

A blockchain is a distributed ledger that is replicated across multiple nodes and enables immutable, transparent and cryptographically secure record-keeping of transactions. The blockchain technology is the backbone of cryptocurrencies, and it has applications in finance, government, media and almost all other industries. Mastering Blockchain, Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to provide a detailed description of this leading technology and its implementation in the real world.

This book begins with the technical foundations of blockchain technology, teaching you the fundamentals of distributed systems, cryptography and how it keeps data secure. You will learn about the mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies and how to develop applications using Ethereum, a decentralized virtual machine. You will also explore different other blockchain solutions and get an introduction to business blockchain frameworks under Hyperledger, a collaborative effort for the advancement of blockchain technologies hosted by the Linux Foundation. You will also be shown how to implement blockchain solutions beyond currencies, Internet of Things with blockchain, blockchain scalability, and the future scope of this fascinating and powerful technology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Blockchain 101
The growth of blockchain technology
Distributed systems
The history of blockchain and Bitcoin
Types of blockchain
Consensus
CAP theorem and blockchain
Summary
Chapter 2: Decentralization
Decentralization using blockchain
Methods of decentralization
Routes to decentralization
Blockchain and full ecosystem decentralization
Smart contracts
Decentralized Organizations
Platforms for decentralization
Summary
Chapter 3: Symmetric Cryptography
Working with the OpenSSL command line
Introduction
Cryptographic primitives
Summary
Chapter 4: Public Key Cryptography
Asymmetric cryptography
Public and private keys
Financial markets and trading
Summary
Chapter 5: Introducing Bitcoin
Bitcoin
Digital keys and addresses
Transactions
Blockchain
Mining
Summary
Chapter 6: Bitcoin Network and Payments
The Bitcoin network
Wallets
Bitcoin payments
Innovation in Bitcoin
Summary
Chapter 7: Bitcoin Clients and APIs
Bitcoin installation
Summary
Chapter 8: Alternative Coins
Theoretical foundations
Bitcoin limitations
Namecoin
Litecoin
Primecoin
Zcash
Summary
Chapter 9: Smart Contracts
History
Definition
Ricardian contracts
Summary
Chapter 10: Ethereum 101
Introduction
Ethereum – bird's eye view
The Ethereum network
Components of the Ethereum ecosystem
Summary
Chapter 11: Further Ethereum
Programming languages
Summary
Chapter 12: Ethereum Development Environment
Test networks
Setting up a private net
Starting up the private network
Summary
Chapter 13: Development Tools and Frameworks
Languages
Solidity language
Summary
Chapter 14: Introducing Web3
Web3
Summary
Chapter 15: Hyperledger
Projects under Hyperledger
Hyperledger as a protocol
The reference architecture
Fabric
Summary
Chapter 16: Alternative Blockchains
Blockchains
Platforms and frameworks
Summary
Chapter 17: Blockchain – Outside of Currencies
Internet of Things
Summary
Chapter 18: Scalability and Other Challenges
Scalability
Privacy
Summary
Chapter 19: Current Landscape and What's Next
Emerging trends
Other challenges
Blockchain research
Notable projects
Miscellaneous tools
Convergence with other industries
Future
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Master the theoretical and technical foundations of the blockchain technology
  • Understand the concept of decentralization, its impact, and its relationship with blockchain technology
  • Master how cryptography is used to secure data - with practical examples
  • Grasp the inner workings of blockchain and the mechanisms behind bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies
  • Understand the theoretical foundations of smart contracts
  • Learn how Ethereum blockchain works and how to develop decentralized applications using Solidity and relevant development frameworks
  • Identify and examine applications of the blockchain technology - beyond currencies
  • Investigate alternative blockchain solutions including Hyperledger, Corda, and many more
  • Explore research topics and the future scope of blockchain technology

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Blockchain 101
The growth of blockchain technology
Distributed systems
The history of blockchain and Bitcoin
Types of blockchain
Consensus
CAP theorem and blockchain
Summary
Chapter 2: Decentralization
Decentralization using blockchain
Methods of decentralization
Routes to decentralization
Blockchain and full ecosystem decentralization
Smart contracts
Decentralized Organizations
Platforms for decentralization
Summary
Chapter 3: Symmetric Cryptography
Working with the OpenSSL command line
Introduction
Cryptographic primitives
Summary
Chapter 4: Public Key Cryptography
Asymmetric cryptography
Public and private keys
Financial markets and trading
Summary
Chapter 5: Introducing Bitcoin
Bitcoin
Digital keys and addresses
Transactions
Blockchain
Mining
Summary
Chapter 6: Bitcoin Network and Payments
The Bitcoin network
Wallets
Bitcoin payments
Innovation in Bitcoin
Summary
Chapter 7: Bitcoin Clients and APIs
Bitcoin installation
Summary
Chapter 8: Alternative Coins
Theoretical foundations
Bitcoin limitations
Namecoin
Litecoin
Primecoin
Zcash
Summary
Chapter 9: Smart Contracts
History
Definition
Ricardian contracts
Summary
Chapter 10: Ethereum 101
Introduction
Ethereum – bird's eye view
The Ethereum network
Components of the Ethereum ecosystem
Summary
Chapter 11: Further Ethereum
Programming languages
Summary
Chapter 12: Ethereum Development Environment
Test networks
Setting up a private net
Starting up the private network
Summary
Chapter 13: Development Tools and Frameworks
Languages
Solidity language
Summary
Chapter 14: Introducing Web3
Web3
Summary
Chapter 15: Hyperledger
Projects under Hyperledger
Hyperledger as a protocol
The reference architecture
Fabric
Summary
Chapter 16: Alternative Blockchains
Blockchains
Platforms and frameworks
Summary
Chapter 17: Blockchain – Outside of Currencies
Internet of Things
Summary
Chapter 18: Scalability and Other Challenges
Scalability
Privacy
Summary
Chapter 19: Current Landscape and What's Next
Emerging trends
Other challenges
Blockchain research
Notable projects
Miscellaneous tools
Convergence with other industries
Future
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781788839044
Paperback656 pages
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